Wonderful opportunity missed by Tigers


The Greater Northern Tigers coach Darryl Rando has praised his playing group after their 2023 Laurie Daley Cup campaign came to an end on Sunday.

The under-18 representative team defeated the North Coast Bulldogs (30-26), Central Coast Roosters (34-12), Northern Rivers Titans (42-20) and Western Rams (42-6) to advance to the semi-final round however faced a narrow 16-12 defeat to the St George Illawarra Dragons in Wollongong.

“I have to give them a big praise for their commitment and attitude because over the last few weeks the way they defended was very good,” Rando told The Hunter River Times.

“On the weekend I couldn’t ask anymore of their commitment because they made a lot of mistakes and still hung in there and nearly won the game.

“The boys have taken it to heart a bit but they have come a long way over the last month.”

When asked about taking on the role for a fourth season in 2024 the Scone Thoroughbreds’ legend admits his hands will be busy as the returning under-18 coach for his Group 21 club.

“It is probably something I will worry about a bit later down the track,” he admitted.